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Animal Activist Wants to Reduce Orange County's Kill Rate

About 50 percent of cats and 10 percent of dogs were euthanized in 2013 in Orange County.

Photo credit: John Moore/Getty Images
Photo credit: John Moore/Getty Images

A well-known animal activist asked the Orange County Board of Supervisors Tuesday to add at least $50,000 to the animal care budget for the coming year to reduce what she said was a roughly 50 percent overall euthanization rate.

"This complacency our society has developed over killing ... is very dangerous and has to stop," Rose Tingle told the board as they fine-tuned the county's $5.4 billion budget. Of the total, the board controls about $3 billion.

Supervisors are considering increases in various fees to help close a $626,000 funding gap in the $18 million animal care budget, subsidized by 17 member cities.

Closing the animal shelter in Orange on Mondays could save about $167,000. Other proposed cuts include eliminating a part-time community outreach worker, a public education employee and an overnight supervisor, as well as reducing overtime by 25 percent, which would save about $137,200.

Supervisors have list of options that would net about $800,000 in revenue or cost savings.

Tingle said Orange County spends less on animal services than any comparable Southern California County and was farther than most from becoming a "no-kill" department. OC Animal Care takes in about 30,000 creatures per year.

According to the department, about half of the cats taken in were eventually euthanized in 2013, but only about 10 percent of dogs were put to death.

— City News Service

John June 13, 2014 at 01:16 AM
We don't eat dog meat in this country. We should not eat any animals, meat is the leading cause of heart disease.
The Beast ! June 13, 2014 at 10:25 AM
@ John, We eat Cows, Pigs, Lambs, Chickens, Goats, Deer, Tiger meat etc...... I have traveled the world and have eaten Dog, Squirrels, Kangaroos and have been present for a Cat feast. Rather then just kill these animals we should give people the opportunity to consuming these animals. I believe we can open a new market which would likely create more jobs.
The Beast ! June 13, 2014 at 11:01 AM
@ NICOLE ! your words "well we live in America, not East and Southeast Asia, West Africa, Europe, Columbian, China, Korea and Vietnam". The last time I toured around the USA I noticed that we have African Restaurants, Asian Restaurants, Chinese dining, Korean and Vietmamese. The only problem is that its not truly authentic because folks like you can't open your mind to eating a dog. I bet you eat Cow, Pigs, Lambs, Chickens, Goats, Deer and Tiger meat. I just don't understand your close mindedness
The Beast ! June 14, 2014 at 10:24 PM
Does anyone know the number of cats and dogs that are euthanized each year? or an approximate number, I'm trying to make sense of this article.
Rose T. June 27, 2014 at 09:24 PM
To the Beast, the overall number of animals received in at the Orange County animal shelter in 2013 was 28,373. The overall number euthanized was 11,751. What is really sad is that 3,977 animals were euthanized because they were considered too young to be adopted. The overall breakdown information can be found at the Orange county shelter website under statistics.

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